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Thursday, 26 January 2017

VBT, EXCERPT, INTERVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Mist (The Smokey Blues Book 1) by Emily Mims


Romance/Romantic Suspense



The widow of a lying drug dealer, dulcimer-player Kylie Barstow Richards finds herself struggling to see through the mist of the Smoky Mountains to the truth-about her life, about the nightclub where she works, and about the bluegrass-playing musician who has arrived to steal her heart.

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Ren got a soda out of the fridge and scrolled down to Sawyer Ellison’s number.  “So what did you learn over the weekend?” Sawyer demanded without preamble.

“Damn little.  There was one odd incident but the rest of the weekend was on the up and up.”

“So tell me about the odd incident.”

Ren recounted Royce’s remark and Kylie’s reaction to it.  “I wouldn’t have thought so much about the crack if it hadn’t been for her reaction.  What he said, it really got to her.”

“Interesting.  And then there’s the question of whether he just made a random nasty crack that inadvertently hit the nail on the head or whether he really knows something.  So give me his name, the clown who made the crack, and I’ll see what I can find out about him.”

Ren gave Sawyer both Royce and Archer’s names.  “But again, except for her reaction to that crack out of Royce, I saw absolutely nothing amiss all weekend, and we were together most of the time.  She did nothing even remotely suspicious.  So I have to ask:is Kylie the only one responsible, or is somebody else involved?”

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
I live in San Antonio.  I got engaged to my husband on a field trip to Mexico five days after our first date and have been married to him 45 years.  We have two sons and six grandsons.  I wrote 18 books for Candlelight Ecstasy in the 1980’s and have written another 12 for Boroughs Publishing.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I play piano, organ, dulcimer and ukulele and perform occasionally with two different bands.

Do you have a day job as well?
I retired after 39 years in the classroom and write full time.

When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
I had two such moments.  The first was in 1982 when I took the phone away from my gabby two year old to find the head editor of Candlelight on the line offering me a contract.  The second was an email from Jill Limber at Boroughs offering me a contract for ‘Solomon’s Choice’.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing!  Traveling!  Making music!

How did you choose the genre you write in?
I threw a romance novel across the floor and said I could do a better job.  My husband dared me to…and the rest is history.

Are you a planner or a pantser?
Plotter.  I write a detailed, chapter by chapter synopsis before I write a word of the book itself.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Not a particular author, but I started my love affair with romance reading Harlequins.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I would not wait so long after Candlelight closed to try to write another book.  The gap between my first publishing career and my second is much too long.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I play the dulcimer and the ukulele and play a lot of the songs my character does.  I based the portrayal of the festivals on the festivals I have attended and the characters on the musicians I’ve met at these festivals.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I am in a way doing that now.  ‘Mist’ is the first of at least six set in the world of the bluegrass and mountain music of Appalachia.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Two important tips.  If you think you can do it, you probably can, so don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.  Then sit down and write.  Don’t spend all your time on ancillary activities.  Some can be helpful, too many can take you away from your valuable writing time.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
I have two work stations.  Here in San Antonio I work in a quiet corner of the bedroom on a PC looking out the window at a beautiful oak tree.  At our lake house, I write on a laptop at a desk in the great room overlooking the water.

Is there a certain type of scene that is harder to write than other? Racy? Love? Action?
I struggle with the love scenes, trying to come up with something fresh.  After thirty books, that can be a challenge.  (But then I remind myself I live to embarrass my grown sons and they come pretty easy after that!)

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I love you, appreciate you, and hope I can give you a few hours of pleasure!

Quick Fire

Dogs or cats? Dogs
Tea or coffee? Tea
Books or movies? Books
Chinese or Italian? Chinese

Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Boots or sandals? Sandals
Silver or gold? Gold
Wine or beer? Wine
Crossword puzzles or sudokus? Crosswords 
Fruit or vegetables? Vegetables 
Scrambled or fried? Fried
Dress up or dress down? Dress down
Fair or theme park? Fair 
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset
Detailed or abstract? Detailed
Leather or denim? Denim
Stripes or solids? Solids
Bright colours or neutral tones? Bright colors

Picnic or nice restaurant? Restaurant

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Emily Mims will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Author of twenty six romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time.  The mother of two sons and grandmother of three, she and her husband Charles live in central Texas but frequently visit grandchildren in eastern Tennessee and Georgia.  She plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele and belongs to two performing bands.  She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them.  Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman-if she’ll just let it.”




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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. If you could choose one of your books to be made into a movie which would it be and why?

    1. Daughter of Valor-It has a surprise ending and honors our wounded warriors.
      Best, Emily

  3. Thank you for hosting me today! Teresa, thank you for the question. Anything else my readers would like to know?
    Best, Emily

  4. I enjoyed reading the interview today

  5. Thank you for hosting. I hope that I win. It looks like a fun read. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com